Frequently Asked Questions
What is DeColores?
DeColores is a non‐denominational Christian organization that subscribes to the Nicene Creed. Its mission is to strengthen personal relationships with Jesus Christ through semi‐annual men’s and women’s weekend and regular “Fourth Day” activities. The Grand Rapids secretariat is one of many chapters in Michigan and other states.
Is DeColores a church?
No. In fact, those who attend a weekend are encouraged to become more active in their own churches.
Why do you use a lot of Spanish words, and what do they all mean?
DeColores uses Spanish words because of its origins in the Cursillo movement in Majorca, Spain (see the About Us page for a history of DeColores). Here are definitions for some of the Spanish words you may come across:
- Cursillista: One who has attended and lived a Cursillo
- Crusista: One who has attended and lived a DeColores Weekend
How long is a weekend and where is it held?
Each weekend begins on a Thursday evening and ends late in the afternoon on Sunday. All activities, including eating and sleeping, take place in the church selected to host the event. Why isn’t a weekend co‐ed? The churches that typically host a weekend are not large enough to simultaneously address the privacy needs of both men and women. Moreover, experience has shown that men and women share their thoughts and feelings differently and that the presence of the opposite sex would discourage honest and open discussion.
How do I register for a weekend?
All participants must be sponsored by someone who has already participated in a weekend. If you need someone to sponsor you, use the contact information on the webpage to make an inquiry.
Will I have to pay anything to attend?
No. All costs for a weekend are covered by the DeColores community.
Why won’t my sponsor share more details with me about a weekend?
Those who attend a weekend are challenged to examine their relationship with Christ through a series of talks and discussions. Many describe the experience as a gift from God. But like all gifts, there must be an element of surprise. Revealing too much detail beforehand would ruin the many pleasant experiences that make a weekend so special.
Can I attend just a part of the weekend?
Weekends are often referred to as “God’s time.” God, though, must have your full attention for the entire weekend – not just when it is convenient for you. It is for the same reason that smartphones and electronic devices are not allowed during a weekend.
What if I need to reach my family or my family needs to speak with me?
All participants provide contact information in case of an emergency. Similarly, family members are given the host church’s telephone number as well as other emergency numbers.
What if I require a special diet or have medical issues?
The weekend team will try within reason to accommodate your particular medical and dietary needs. You may, though, have to supplement the planned menu with your own food. Your sponsor will assist you in coordinating with the weekend’s food preparers.
What’s expected of me should I attend a weekend?
Singing, fellowship and meaningful discussions are all important parts of a weekend. Everyone’s participation, then, is highly encouraged. But DeColores asks only that you keep an open mind throughout the weekend. It’s entirely up to you as to how involved you want to be.
What does the DeColores organization believe?
We who are part of DeColores believe in “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” as summed up in the Nicene Creed:
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.